Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University was one of five institutions nationwide, and the only one in New York,selected to conduct the Hispanic Community Health Study, the largest long-term study of health and disease in Hispanic/Latino populations. In conjunction with its selection, Einstein was awarded a $12 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
The study will be conducted over a 6 1/2-year period, with a focus on determining such health problems as heart disease, stroke, asthma, chronic obstructive lung diseases, sleep disorders, dental disease, hearing impairment and tinnitus, diabetes, kidney and liver disease, and cognitive impairment. In addition, researchers will assess risk factors including nutrition, obesity, smoking, blood pressure, social and economic disparity, psychosocial factors, occupation, health care access, medication and supplement use, and environmental context. Overall, the goal of the Hispanic Community Health Study is to identify both the prevalence and risk factors for a variety of diseases and disorders among Hispanics in the United States.
"We are enormously pleased and honored to be taking in this unprecedented, landmark study of the health needs of the Hispanic/Latino population," said Allen M. Spiegel, M.D., The Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean at Einstein. "The Hispanic Community Health Study is the most comprehensive initiative ever undertaken to assess the health of the Hispanic population in the United States. Our selection for this project is a tribute to the quality of the clinical research conducted by our faculty, as well as a reflection of the excellent and mutually supportive relationships that we have forged over many years with community organizations throughout the Bronx," Dr. Spiegel added.
"The Hispanic population is now the largest minority population in the US, and is very much understudied with respect to many diseases.This particular population's three fold growth by 2050 underscores the need for accurate evaluation of their health status and risk so that we can develop more targeted and effective methods of prevention and treatment."
Einstein has a long and distinguished record of conducting large-scale epidemiological studies. Most recently, the medical school was the only New York City institution selected to participate in the historic multi-year Women's Health Initiative project, and it had an exemplary record of recruiting minority women for that program. Dr. Smoller was also principal investigator of that study.
In addition to Dr. Wassertheil Smoller, other Einstein researchers involved in Hispanic Community Health Study include Dr. Robert Kaplan (co-principal investigator), as well as Drs. janice Barnhart, Neveida Correa, Carmen Isasi, Elizabeth Lee-Ray and Yasmin Mossavar-Rehmani.
In addition to Einstein, the nationwide study will also be conducted at San Diego State University, Northwestern University, and the University of Miami. The University of North Carolina was selected to serve as the study's data coordinating center.
Posted on: Tuesday, February 12, 2008